The five-hour rule; the commitment to reading for an hour a day throughout the working week, as made famous by Barack Obama and Bill Gates. It unsurprising that in today's knowledge-driven economy the more time you can spend on learning the less likely you are to be sitting in a job at the bottom of the ladder when automation starts to kick in.
This article argues that rapid demonetization (rendering previously expensive products and services much cheaper, or even free) will lead to knowledge becoming increasingly more valuable in our economy. If you can commit to regular, consistent learning then you will be able to not only secure those higher paying jobs that haven't even been invented yet but also communicate the value of your skills to others.
Former President Obama perfectly explains why he was so committed to reading during his Presidency in a recent New York Times interview: “At a time when events move so quickly and so much information is transmitted,” he said, reading gave him the ability to occasionally “slow down and get perspective” and “the ability to get in somebody else’s shoes.” These two things, he added, “have been invaluable to me. Whether they’ve made me a better president I can’t say. But what I can say is that they have allowed me to sort of maintain my balance during the course of eight years, because this is a place that comes at you hard and fast and doesn’t let up.”